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Shaunt Basmajian, poet, was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1950 and emigrated to Canada at the age of seven. He was a founder of the Canadian Poetry Association, co-founder of Old Nun Publications, and was a member of the Parliament Street Library poetry group. He died in 1990, aged 39. The Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award, presented annually to a Canadian poet, was established in his memory and ran from 1996-2008.